Friday 10 February 2012

A380 Wing Cracks

Aircraft maker Airbus has been ordered to check all A380 superjumbo planes currently in service after cracks were found in wing components.

The move came as Qantas Airways, Australia's largest carrier, suspended the use of one of its Airbus A380 passenger jets after discovering 36 small cracks in key wing components.

A380 wing structure

Qantas workers found the cracks, measuring less than 2cm long, in the wing rib feet - the metal brackets that connect the wing's ribs to its skin.
Each A380 wing has around 2,000 of the feet within it, although Airbus insists only a "handful" of feet have been affected.